• A Egner

Thriller at Shaws Bridge

Grosvenor made the short journey across town to take on unbeaten league leaders Instonians. The home side started strongly and scored two early tries before Grosvenor wakened up and got themselves into the game. After a period of pressure they looked to have scored but it was judged to be held up over the line. Not to be outdone they launched another attack from the restart and hooker Stuart Smyth crashed over for a deserved try. Timmy McMullan added a conversion to his earlier penalty to make the score 12-10. Inst upped their game as half time approached and added a further try to leave the score 19-10 at the break.

Both sides continued to run the ball and the spectators enjoyed what was a thrilling contest. Inst flexed their powerful scrummage and added a bonus point try but Grosvenor responded with another McMullan penalty followed by a well taken try with Mitch McComb barging over in the corner. Inst then added a fifth score with ten minutes left on the clock. Grosvenor threw everything into attack and trailing by 11 points pushed for a try, spurning a late kickable penalty. However the Inst defence held firm to secure the win. Final score 29-18. Congrats to Instonians who were worthy winners but Grosvenor can take heart from having pushed the league leaders all the way. If they can take this form into the New Year then success will surely follow. Our @FinTrU MoM is centre Mitch McComb who just pipped forwards Stuart Smyth and Andrew Kelly

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